The Pittsburgh Pirates were busy on Saturday afternoon besides making the trade for Sean Rodriguez. They also claimed right-handed pitcher George Kontos off waivers from the San Francisco Giants. To make room on the 40-man roster for Rodriguez and Kontos, both Jhan Marinez and Danny Ortiz were designated for assignment.
Wade LeBlanc has been reinstated from the bereavement list as well. No move has to be made for LeBlanc on the 25-man roster because Rodriguez has time to report to the Pirates.
Kontos is a 32-year-old reliever, who has pitched 307 games over the last seven seasons, with six of those seasons spent with the Giants. He was originally a name included in the Xavier Nady/Damaso Marte deal with the Yankees back in 2008. Interestingly enough, a second name originally included...
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